Movies serves a lot of functions, but mostly, it is as a form of entertainment. Apart from the entertainment part, a movie also teaches lessons. This is because most times, the concept of a movie is drawn from the ills of the society.
Today on The Inspired Movie, I will talk about IT and the morals. The movie is a 2017 American horror movie directed by Andy Muschietti and it is based on the bestselling novel “IT” by Stephen King.
In definition, horror movie is a film that seeks to causes or evoke a physiological reaction such as an elevated heartbeat from the audience through the use of fear and shock. Not everyone likes horror movies and not everyone has the psyche to withstand such scare. I would not advise such people to watch the movie, however, I would tell you the morals of the movie.
I interviewed an audience of IT and she said “I’m usually not scared of horror movies but this particular one scared me”. This shows the level at which the movie touch some deep parts of the audience.
The movies centered on 7 kids known as “the Loser Club” of a small town called Derry who were being haunted by a Clown known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (a.k.a. It). Pennywise feeds on the fears of it’s victims and scares them by manifesting as their deepest fears. Everyone is afraid of something, hence, each of the children had their own fears which made it easy for them to become preys.
- Bill was afraid that his little brother Georgie was dead.
- Richie was afraid of clowns.
- Eddie was afraid of germs, sickness and disease.
- Beverly was feeling afraid as she just started to have her period.
- Ben was afraid of the headless boy in the history book.
- Mike was haunted by the memory of his parents burning to death in the meat factory.
As the movie continued, Pennywise sets trap by attracting the children with what they like or are interested in. One thing was concurrent in the plot of the movie, Pennywise attacked the children by preying on them individually. Even while the children are together, he tried seperating them with fear based illusion and traps and then prey on them individually. Unfortunately, Pennywise didn’t succeed on many occasions because the other children eventually comes to the preyed kid’s rescue. And at that, the kids decided to stick together because they knew they were stronger together than apart.
As the movie climaxed, the kids knew they could only overcome Pennywise by overcoming their fears. Once the kids of the Loser Club were no longer afraid of their fears, Pennywise became weak and powerless over them. It was seen in the scene where Bill said ”… It will starve to death”.
The plot closes with Beverly, who informed the other kids of a vision she had while catatonic, where she saw them fighting the creature as adults. The kids create a blood oath by cutting each other’s hands and forming a circle, swearing to return to Derry in adulthood if It returns and destroy the creature once and for all.
Audience Interviewed: Owete Rita.